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Friday 19 September 2014

Oscar winning star Glen Hansard fined €150 for speeding

Tom Tuite

Published 23/07/2014 | 17:16

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Oscar winne Glen Hansard pictured leaving the District Court in Dublin after a court appearance. Picture: Collins Courts
Oscar winne Glen Hansard pictured leaving the District Court in Dublin after a court appearance. Picture: Collins Courts

OSCAR winning singer-songwriter Glen Hansard has been fined €150 after he was caught speeding in Dublin.

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Hansard, 44, of long-running Dublin band The Frames, who has also achieved success as a solo artist and as an actor, faced a charge under the Road Traffic Act. He has to pay the fine within three months or else he will be jailed for five days, a judge ordered.

He pleaded guilty to driving in excess of a 60 kph speed limit at the Palmerstown Bypass, in Dublin, which happened on the afternoon of May 20 last year. Dublin District Court was told that Hansard had been detected driving at 73 kph.

The critically acclaimed singer had originally appeared in court on this charge on May 21 last. It was then indicated that he would receive a fine for the speeding offence.

However, the case was not finalised then and had to be adjourned for the musician to produce his driving licence in court, a standard procedure in speeding prosecutions.

 Hansard, dressed in a navy corduroy jacket and blue jeans, appeared before Judge Grainne O'Neill, who asked him, “Do you have your licence with you?”

With a George Orwell book tucked into his left jacket pocket, he nodded and held up his driver’s licence to show the judge who said: “Fine €150, three months to pay, five days in default.”

The fine can also result in him getting penalty points on his licence.

Hansard turned to a garda and asked, “Am I allowed go?” before the judge said “thank you” to the star who then left the courtroom.

Earlier this year he was among the performers to sing for Michael D Higgins in a concert at the Royal Albert Hall during the president's State visit to the UK.

Hansard is also one half of folk duo The Swell Season in which he has performed with Czech singer and pianist Marketa Irglova.

Together they wrote, composed and performed the song Falling Slowly, for the 2007 film Once, and scooped the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Hansard, who was also cast in Alan Parker's 1991 film the Commitments, has performed as a support act for his hero Bob Dylan and has toured with grunge rocker Eddie Vedder.

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